This January has been quite a busy one. Clubs all over Europe and many in the Americas have completed 399 deals by spending a figure of £396.9m at the time of writing. We bring you a round-up of all the top transfers and loan deals this season, as well as rumours about what is likely to happen on deadline day.
Top Transfer Deals of January 2022
Clubs primarily conducted loan deals in this window, with very few proper signings being made. That is not to say they weren’t made. Here are the biggest singings of the month.
1. Dusan Vlahovic to Juventus
The young Serb was ready to take the next step in his career and was sought after by many clubs. However, only Arsenal and Juventus were in true negotiations for the player, with the Italian giants winning out and buying him for £62.5m. The club very recently announced his arrival.
2. Ferran Torres to Barcelona
The Spanish International had started to seek out more game time but was inevitably unable to do so at City. He had also dreamed of playing for Barcelona, and with Xavi needing reinforcements in attack, the deal was made quickly for a fee of 46.3m.
3. Kieran Trippier to Newcastle United
While the new owners at St. James’ Park brought in a humungous reserve of cash, it was still a surprise that Kieran Trippier left a Champions League and La Liga contending team to fight a relegation battle for the Magpies. He became the first signing under the new regime for 12m
4. Lucas Digne to Aston Villa
This one was very confusing for the fans. For years, Lucas Digne had been a huge servant of the game for Everton. Then Rafa Benitez was brought in this summer and had the French full-back sold for 23m, only for the Everton board to sack him days later. Why sell Digne if you were going to sack the manager in the first place. It turned out to be a good signing for Gerrard, with the Frenchman scoring on debut.
5. Chris Wood to Newcastle United
Newcastle showed their new pull through money and signed Burnley’s long time forward, Chris Wood, for 25m to help them survive this season in the PL.
Top Loan Deals of January 2022
1. Philippe Coutinho to Aston Villa
Steve Gerrard brought in the out-of-favour Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona to Aston Villa. The new Villa manager used the connection of being a former teammate to bring back the magician to the PL, where he first made his name.
2. Anthony Martial to Sevilla
Frustrated due to lack of game time this past year, the French forward was given the green light to leave by the interim manager Ralf Ragnick. However, the United board only let him leave on loan to the Spanish club to make sure he is still with United if the manager of the next season requires his services.
3. Robin Gosens to Inter Milan
Gosens moved to Inter Milan from Atlanta as a step forward. He did so on loan with an obligation to buy at the end of the season for a fee of 22m, making him the most expensive German signing in Serie A history
4. Ainsley Maitland-Niles to AS Roma
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After having had a huge dispute with his club Arsenal over his lack of game time and denial of transfer, Maitland-Niles was finally let go on loan to Mourinho’s AS Roma.
5. Amad Diallo to Rangers
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After the loan deal to Birmingham City collapsed in the summer due to an injury, the teenage Ivorian forward Amad Diallo moved to Scotland to play for the defending champions Rangers FC for the rest of the season as their new number 9.
Deals to Look out for on Deadline Day
1. Donny Van De Beek
The Dutch midfielder is desperate for some game time heading into the world cup, becoming an out of favour signing for Man Utd. Crystal Palace led negotiations. However, Everton is also making a solid case to sign the former Ajax midfielder. New Everton boss is said to have made Van De Beek a priority. However, Man United might do what they’ve always done and drag out the deal long enough to collapse it.
2. Denis Zakaria
Juventus started holding talks with the sought of after defensive midfielder of Borussia Moenchengladbach as of the time of writing. Expect the deal to come through by Deadline Day.
3. Luiz Diaz
The deal for the Columbian is almost done between FC Porto and Liverpool. Only paper works and medical are left. If all goes well, an announcement should be made on deadline day.
4. Gio Lo Celso
Olympique Lyonnais have agreed to a loan deal for Giovani Lo Celso from Tottenham Hotspurs. However, there is a last-minute rush to sign the player by Valencia. The deal should pan out by Deadline Day.
5. Bryan Gil
Valencia is in a solid position to sign the bright Spanish prospect on loan from Tottenham as talks opened up yesterday and are progressing closer towards an agreement. It should be done by Deadline Day.